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Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story -- CANCELLED

Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story -- CANCELLED
170 St. George Street, room 100
Time: May 28th, 2:30 pm End: May 28th, 4:30 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Indigenous, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Canada, 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Reading by author LeAnne Howe, Eidson Distinguished Professor of English, University of Georgia

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to present:

LeAnne Howe, author

Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story



A reading from Miko Kings, followed by audience discussion and light refreshments

Miko Kings is set in Indian Territory's queen city, Ada, Oklahoma, during the baseball fever of 1907, but moves back and forth from 1969, during the Vietnam War, to present-day Ada. The story focuses on an Indian baseball team but brings a new understanding of the term "America's favorite pastime." For tribes in Indian Territory, baseball was an extension of a sport they'd been playing for centuries before their forced removal to Indian Territory. The story centers on the lives of Hope Little Leader, a Choctaw pitcher for the Miko Kings, and Ezol Day, a postal clerk in Indian Territory who travels forward in time to tell stories to our present-day narrator. With Day's help, the narrator pulls us into Indian boarding schools, such as the historical Hampton Normal School for Blacks and Indians in Virginia, where the novel's legendary love story between Justina Maurepas-a character modeled after an influential Black educator-and Hope Little Leader, begins. Though a lively and humorous work of fiction, the narrative draws heavily on LeAnne Howe's careful historical research. She weaves original and fictive documents into the text, such as newspaper clippings, photographs, typewritten letters, and handwritten journal entries.

"LeAnne Howe's Miko Kings is an incredible act of recovery: baseball, a sport jealously guarded by mainstream Anglo culture, is also rooted in Native American history and territory… [Howe's] compelling stories and narratives… expose the political games of the 20th century that Native Americans learned to play for resistance and survival."  --Rigoberto González, author (So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks and Butterfly Boy)

LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, creative non-fiction, plays and scholarship that primarily deal with American Indian and Native American experiences.  Her first novel Shell Shaker (Aunt Lute Books, 2001) received an American Book Award in 2002 from the Before Columbus Foundation. The novel was a finalist for the 2003 Oklahoma Book Award, and awarded Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year, 2002. Equinoxes Rouge, the French translation, was the 2004 finalist for Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards. Evidence of Red (Salt Publishing, UK, 2005) won the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry in 2006, and the Wordcraft Circle Award for 2006. Her most recent novel is Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story (Aunt Lute Books, 2007). She holds the Eidson Distinguished Professor Research Chair in the Department of English at the University of Georgia.

LeeAnne Howe is the 2014 Recipient of the Modern Language Association's Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for her book Choktalking and Other Realities. The citations committee described her work as:

In Choctalking on Other Realities, LeAnne Howe integrates high theory with travel narrative, personal reflection, humor, and analysis to craft a formally innovative work of anticolonial literary and cultural criticism that teaches its audiences about the inner workings of Indigenous epistemologies. As the inaugural winner of this new prize, Howe’s book sets a high standard by offering a field-defining study that is generative in its narrative performance of tribally based aesthetic and theoretical sophistication. Similar to N. Scott Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller, Choctalking on Other Realities promises to instruct and incite scholars of Native American literatures for decades to come.

Further information about this award is available as a downloadable press release [pdf].

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  Please contact the Jackman Humanities Institute at (416) 946-0313 for further information.

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